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Porsche recently announced some updates to their refreshed Panamera lineup ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto Shanghai). One of the biggest updates is the addition of a new plug-in hybrid model dubbed the Panamera S E-Hybrid which will slot in (price wise) just under the Panamera 4S. Interestingly, in the US it will be priced just above the 4S. We’ll come back to the hybrid later on in the post. In addition, Porsche has also added two new long-wheelbase models to the lineup: The Panamera 4S Executive and the Panamera Turbo Executive. The Executive models will come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) in addition to the 5.9 inch increase in wheelbase. These models command a price premium over their not-as-long wheelbase versions of approximately $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.
The existing Panamera S, and 4S (and the newly introduced 4S Executive) models will be fitted with a new twin turbo 3.0L V6 that will replace the outgoing 4.8L V8. The V6 puts out 420 horsepower and 383.5 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 20 horsepower and 15 lb-ft of torque over the larger V8.
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The top of Porsche’s naturally aspirated food chain, the GT3, was recently unveiled in Geneva but those of us in North America got our first glimpse of the car that best bridges the gap between street and track today at the New York International Auto Show.
The 911 GT3 gets the same 3.8L engine as the Carrera S, but the displacement is about the only thing they share. Titanium rods, forged pistons, dry sump oiling, ported head, hollow valves… the list goes on. What this means is an engine that revs to 9,000 rpm and produces 475 advertised horsepower, though Porsche was VERY insistent that 475 was a lowball. Whatever the actual number is, it gets sent through a mandatory PDK transmission and propels the new GT3 from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds up to a top speed of 195 mph, so it’s got all the meat and potato of a good knish. Standard carbon ceramic brakes will help slow it back down while standard PASM and PTV+ technologies will keep the car pointing and powering in the direction you want.
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The latest update to the 911 GT3 has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show tomorrow. I guess calling it an update is a bit of an understatement as it is much more than just a facelift to the to 991 design. The fifth-generation 911 GT3 is the first production Porsche that features active rear-wheel steering and optional full LED headlights. Power wise, the new 911 GT3 gets a 475hp 3.8L boxer engine full of titanium goodies that revs all the way up to 9000rpm.
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The Porsche 911 is a sports car icon. Every car guy, including myself, grew up with car posters on their wall, one of which was the Porsche 911. For me, the 911 was my dream car for as long as I could remember. My dad was a car guy, and Porsche toys were scattered amongst my childhood. He was a huge 911 fan, and by influence, so was I. Much like the Porsche commercial with the kid at the dealership, I was in love the first time I sat in a 911. Everyone remembers the first time they sat in one. I was 9 years old, I was at my first car show, and there sat an 82 or 83 911 SC, which to this day is still my favorite 911 body shape. Like many kids at that show, I set a goal for myself that very day; to own a Porsche 911 by the time I was 30 years old. See you in about 20 years. As an incentive, my dad promised to wash my 911 every day if I met the goal.
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If you were wondering if it was still possible to kick out that tail on the crazy wide 345 Michelin Pilot Sport tires on the back of the first Canadian RAUH-Welt Porsche build then wonder no more. Nakai San, who was in Vancouver building the RWB993 was spotted having a little fun while testing out the car on the streets.
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The first Canadian Rauh Welt was just completed at a North Vancouver shop, Scan Automotive by the legendary Porsche builder Nakai-san of RAUH-Welt. One of the design philosophies of all RWB built Porsches is that they not only need to look good, but also be very driveable. This is evident with the huge rubber like front lip that hangs down to absorb all the impacts the rough Vancouver roads will deliver.
Continue: Before and After Pictures of RWB Canada #1
Porsche has rounded out the redesigned Cayenne lineup with the launch of the flagship 2013 Cayenne Turbo S.
The Cayenne Turbo S sat quietly in the Porsche booth with none of the pomp or circumstance it deserved. While other manufacturers built lavish displays and had detailed presentations by top executives, Porsche simply put their vehicles on display and let them speak for themselves.
So what did the new Cayenne have to say? Well the obvious differences between it and the standard Turbo are an extra 50 horsepower and 40 ft/lb of torque. This gets the Turbo S from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds up to a top speed of 175 mph, figures that few sports cars can match, let alone full-size SUVs. All that power goes through the same 8 speed transmission and same all wheel drive system as the Turbo, as well as a host of standard performance features which are optional on the Turbo. The only other real differentiators are the gloss black accents on the interior and quad exhaust tips on the back.
I imagine the smile on the driver’s face may also be one size bigger than the standard Turbo, but Porsche was unable to confirm.
More pictures of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
The new “Baby Cayenne” from Porsche, the Porsche Macan–formerly known as the Porsche Cajun, is set to debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show but reports are coming out that the chief designer of the Macan, Michael Mauer,
loved liked what he saw when the Range Rover Evoque debuted last year and revisted the design of the Macan.
“As the person responsible for the look of the cars, I’m not afraid to make changes. When I saw the Evoque, I thought, interesting. I like it,”
The Porsche Macan, a compact crossover, will only be Porsche’s sixth model line and will fit it under the larger Porsche Cayenne. It will compete in a pretty busy luxury crossover market with the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5, Infiniti EX, Acura RDX, Lexus RX and well of course the Range Rover Evoque.
Wolfgang Hatz, in charge of R&D at Porsche AG previously made it clear that the Macan will not simply be an Audi Q5 wearing Porsche bodywork. The suspension, engine, transmission have all been changed and he proudly stated that it does not resemble a Q5 at all.
Well, now we know what he really meant! ;)
Last week Porsche confirmed that the all new Cayman would be revealed at the LA Show and, after what felt like an eternity, now we finally get to see it uncovered (and without stickers over the headlights). Almost as if they were proving how quick the new Caymans are, a pair of Caymans were driven onto the stage faster than any vehicle I have witnessed appear. Fortunately the tire smoke wasn’t real though as we poor writers and photographers would be dying in the cozy room Porsche had setup at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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I just came across this episode of Driven featuring a custom 911 built by Achim Andscheidt, Head of Design at Bugatti. Andscheidt has gone in the complete opposite direction of current automotive design by going with a very minimalistic design concept. All loose panels like the hood, trunk, doors, bumper covers were replaced by carbon kevlar. After stripping the interior and hvac systems the project weighs in at only about 1800lbs providing what he describes as an “interesting” power to weight ratio ;)
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